Six baseball players join a fall league

Usually, the only baseball Moffat County players get to see in October is the Major League Baseball playoffs. This year six players from the team are getting a chance to earn their own title of Mr. October.

Seniors Bryan Wojtkiewicz, Kyle Sorensen and Brian Rhodes, junior Bryan Richards and Brad Grinstead and sophomore Chris Winder joined players from Evergreen High School to play in a fall baseball league on the Front Range.

"It's like getting another high school season," Grinstead said.

The team plays on the weekends against teams from Class 5A schools on the Front Range. The experience has been valuable for all six in some way.

"Everybody has improved some part of their game," coach Bud--dy Grinstead said. "When the fall ends they'll all have played more than 100 games this year."

Wojtkiewicz has been a consistent pitcher for the Bulldogs since his freshman year. Now it's his bat that is starting to get some attention. He leads the team with two home runs and is batting .388.

Sorensen has worked heavily on his swing and is batting .348.

Brad Grinstead has the team's best batting average at .475 and leads the team with 19 hits.

He's also played a new position, catcher, this fall.

"I had a scout tell me he liked the way I caught," he said. "It surprised me a bit."

Rhodes and Winder came on this summer during American Legion play and should play significantly this spring.

Although Rhodes has struggled at the plate, he continues to improve from the mound.

Winder is developing into the team's top middle infielder.

"Winder is getting a chance to see the ball from both second and short," coach Grinstead said. "His bat might not be quite where he wants, but his athleticism in the field is right there."

The six batters have combined for 46 of the team's 83 RBIs.

One advantage for playing in the fall is having Evergreen's coach, Terry Hensley, in the dugout. Hensley is the former coach for the University of Northern Colorado.

"He knows a lot and has a lot of connections," Wojtkiewicz said. "We've had several scouts come to games."

When it's all said and done, they will have played in 22 games. In the past, the baseball players have worked out and practiced, but there's one big difference.

"We get to see live pitching," Sorensen said. "That is the big advantage of playing in the fall."

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